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Improvement in health and psychosocial outcomes following the MEND 7-13 Program
MEND is the largest and most extensively evaluated child weight management program in the world
We have longstanding relationships and collaborations with leading academic institutions and researchers across North America and internationally. Our dedication is to programs that are evidence-based and outcome-driven.
Our programs are developed by leading child health and weight management specialists using the best evidence and clinical and government guidelines.
Scientific evaluation and research
Independent health, economic and clinical studies show that MEND 7-13 is cost-effective and reduces BMI and waist circumference, thereby enabling children with overweight and obesity to reach and maintain a healthier weight. Additional health and psychosocial benefits include increased physical activity and cardiovascular fitness, reduced sedentary behaviors, improved dietary intake, and raised self-esteem and body image. Thirty-five (35) peer-reviewed publications have documented positive outcomes following MEND programs. Several US and Canadian studies have taken place, including a CDC-funded Child Obesity Research Demonstration Study (RCT) in Texas. For a fuller research overview presentation click here.
Largest child weight management database in the world
Extensive demographics, health, and psychosocial outcomes are recorded for all MEND participants - not just those in formal trials.
MEND International Research Group (MIRG)
Founded in 2011, MIRG is an independent group that guides and coordinates MEND's research. MIRG comprises leading child obesity researchers from 5 countries.